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old dominion, temperatures in the upper 30s to around 40 degrees. 41 in ashburn, 43 in washington, virginia. so for today off to our chilly start but with all the abundant sunshine that is on the way nothing to complain about for your saturday afternoon. tomorrow a little bit more in the way of cloud cover. college football games, the midshipmen of annapolis are at home today. 3:30 kickoff against texas state. the school where michael strahan attended. 53 annapolis. 3:30 this afternoon. sunny to start but dark before the game is through because of early sunset. the black knights of the hudson west point, new york, temple, and the army playing today. 41 degrees at kick off. that is at noon. back to you guys. >> thanks. breaking news now. two crashes already this morning in the newly opened 495 express lanes. this is the live look. the first accident happened just about three hours after cars were first allowed to start using the 14 mile long lanes that stretched from the dulles
toll road to springfield. news 4's derrick ward is live near the leesburg pike entrance in tysons corner. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what we can tell you and this has to be confirmed by virginia state police, that it looks like the accidents, at least one, might have been inadvertent into the new express lane based on what we have, the information a car started out on the regular part of the roadway but ended up in the express lanes. nonetheless, there is still a learning curve now as we get into the new era of having the express lanes. i want to show you some of the video from earlier. these lanes opened up at about 2:00 a.m. this morning now and the design is and the plan is to sort of monitor traffic and manage the traffic in a way so as the planners say your commute should not get under 45 miles per hour even during rush hour. we showed you video, actually adam tusk was out driving yesterday and joining me now is pierce coffee with trans urban the group that operates this.
first off what do people need to know about the lanes, getting on and getting off isn't as easy as just changing lanes. >> right. the 495 express lanes which safely and successfully opened last night, it's a limited access highway so is really important before you get out on the road monday morning or even this weekend to visit 495 express lanes.com. learn where you can get on, learn where you can get off. make sure you have the ez pass as well so you're ready to go first thing monday with the predictable trip on the capital beltway. >> the ez pass is an interesting thing. if you have three people in a car pool you can ride the lanes for free but otherwise you would have to pay and that price is based on volume, correct? >> right. so travelers have the option of a toll free trip. as you mentioned they need three people and the ez pass flex. this just has a switch on the bottom. lets you tell us not to charge your toll because you are riding in a car pool. otherwise the express lanes are dynamically priced which means we'll change the price slowly and gradually to make sure you get that predictable trip. >> reporter: excellent. they recommend you take a while and ride around and get used to
it but don't think you can cut through the separations there. that can get you a reckless driving citation which could be anywhere up to $2500. we are live in northern virginia. now back to you. >> thank you. new this morning one person is dead after a double stabbing at a metro station in northwest d.c. it happened just after 1:00 at the woodly park station. police say they've found two men stabbed, one in the chest, one in the face. the man with the chest wound died. the knife was found on the metro track. police say they have five people in custody. the station is open this morning. >> reporter: now to a developing story. a school bus collided with a train in egypt killing at least 50 people most of them young children. it happened about 230 miles south of cairo. the police say the bus was crossing the tracks and the railroad crossing was knocked down when the train slammed into it. the country's transport minister has already resigned because of the incident. >> now to a developing story in the gaza strip. overnight israeli forces
destroyed an office belonging to hamas's prime minister. no one was killed in the latest attack. israel has launched multiple air strikes since wednesday when it killed hamas's top israeli commander. israel says the attack is in response to missiles fired into israel from gaza. three israelis and 29 palestinians were killed in the back and forth rocket attack. president obama is staying in touch with israeli and egyptian leaders. israeli prime minister netanyahu called the president yesterday to provide an update of the situation. mr. obama also spoke with egyptian president morsi and praised his efforts to ease tensions in the region. the white house says president obama supports israel's right to defend itself but that he wants the situation to be resolved as quickly as possible. right now one of this year's most high profile charities is getting ready to demonstrate here in washington. supporters of the invisible children, the charity that made the viral video kony 2012 are attending a global summit at the washington convention center to
press leaders on stopping joseph kony. he is the man said to be responsible for the kidnapping and murder of thousands of children and forcing them to serve in his lords resistance army. this afternoon the group will head to the white house with plans of surrounding the building. today the president will head overseas for the first time since winning re-election. the president just left the joint base a few minutes ago traveling to southeast asia for a four-day visit. president obama will attend a regional summit in cambodia as well as stop in thailand. he is also going to be the first u.s. president to visit myanmar where he'll meet with democratic activists. leaders in congress say they're confident they can reach a deal that would avoid the upcoming so-called fiscal cliff. this after the president met with house leaders in a closed door meeting on capitol hill. no one is talking about how things are progressing. the president insists the way to handle it is to let taxes increase for people making more
than 200,000 a year and families making more than $250,000 a year. republicans oppose that and lawmakers have until the end of the year to reach a deal. >> do you have a plan to address this country's debt? >> how you doing today? >> and there was a pretty outgoing can on the hill yesterday. a group of young adults have formed a campaign called the can kicks back in response to the fiscal cliff talk. they're trying to put the pressure on lawmakers to make sure they handle the debt long term. >> congress tends to kick the can down the road. we've realized the can is our generation and so starting now we're kicking back. >> the president and members from both sides of congress will meet again after thanksgiving. new developments in the deadly consulate attack in libya. former cia director david petraeus says the agency knew it was a terrorist attack the whole time. lawmakers say petraeus told them the cia knew the attack was a terrorist plot but decided to
classify the information because of intelligence and legal issues. originally intelligence officers said the attack was in response to an antimuslim video made here in the u.s. petraeus added that u.n. ambassador susan rice had specific talking points for media outlets which did not include the terrorist plot because, again, it was classified information. new reports show the woman who helped launch the petraeus scandal visited the white house three times in the past year. jill kelly and her sister were invited by a mid level staffer they met at the airforce base in florida. kelly also referenced petraeus and general john allen in e-mails to tampa's mayor. she said the two generals were telling her to stop a local shock jock threatening to destroy a koran. petraeus resigned after admitting to an affair with his biographer paula broadwell. the affair became public after kelly received threatening e-mails from broadwell. the time right now 9:07. next why a virginia professor is being singled out from hundreds of educators across the country.
>> steven colbert brings his cynical antics right here to the district. why you might say he went face to face with his twin. and a celebration of the family and community. how you can join this cultural event this weekend. >> what are your thanksgiving day plans? chat with us online this morning. we are on facebook and twitter. just search news 4 today. we are back in a moment.
this weekend there is an event for the whole family that is going to have you tapping into the area's hispanic flair. it is telemundo washington's tenth annual family fair. joining us to talk more about this is the general manager from telemundo washington. >> good morning. >> thanks for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> ten years. >> it is amazing how time has gone by. >> tell us what you'll have there. tomorrow is the big event. we know you always bring big
stars. >> we do. we have wonderful stars signing autographs. we have food, fun, music, activities, screenings. >> tell us about the music. >> we have quite a great way to end the festivities. there is music along the way. community and cultural, always something going on. >> there is going to be a contest as well. the boys, american idol style. >> that's right. we give away a car. ten years, ten cars. >> toyota, new car? >> brand new camry. >> wow. you also because you guys are telemundo you also have a little exhibit for anyone who wants to try their hand at being a weather forecaster. >> that is right. absolutely. you can try to be the weather girl, weather boy. we upload the video so you can go to our website and check out
your pix. >> a great event for the whole family. >> most definitely. >> not only the entertainment and excitement and muse ainge food but a lot of cultural information. >> a lot of our partners and businesses provide information, financial help, you name it. there is something for everybody. >> yeah. and hispanic businesses. >> most definitely. the greatest thing is they network amongst each other so they're able to connect and will certainly connect to their consumers in the community. >> how many people are you expecting? >> about 30,000 people come through the event and so there's a lot going on. definitely crowds. >> what is your personal favorite? >> it's the smiles i see on the people that get there. it is real satisfying to know we did this for the community. >> this is tomorrow. >> d.c. armory from 12:00 to 6:00. >> we've got the address there on the screen. free. you could end up with a car. >> a car and lots of other different prizes. your chances are good.
come on out. >> all right. thanks so much. >> thanks for having me. >> now back to angie. >> all right. thanks. sounds like a great event. next, the unforgettable moment five young ladies got to share at the white house. some of the hottest toys put to the test. see the list some d.c. kids are recommending to their parents. what kind of weather conditions to expect as we head into the busy holiday travel week. chuck bell is here with your forecast next. stay with us.
lights fit for the king. graceland is lit up in anticipation of the holiday season. the home to elvis features a giant guitar, and grand piano covered in lights. the inside is also decorated for the holidays. tourists are getting into the holiday spirit. they donated canned goods to go to a local food bank, which is
great. it's been 35 years since he died and so many people fck there at the anniversary of his death, also his birthday, and for the holidays. >> if you've never been to graceland it is really a fun place to go and walk around. you see how the king of rock lived. very cool stuff. memphis is a great place to visit. >> absolutely. >> for us all you really want, i know how you are. all you want is sunshine right? >> yes. >> if it were up to her it would be sunny every day of the year. nothing wrong with that. we could have a little rain here and there. but today we don't need to worry at all about the rain drops and we really don't have to worry too much about the chill anymore now that the sun has been up for a couple hours. temperatures are on their way up, a nice afternoon. there's the proof in the picture you might say from our city camera view. shooting back over the river toward the nation's capital. a nice day. perfect blue sky out there. nary a cloud to be found. we don't have to worry about clouds today. i do think clouds will be on the increase as we get into your sunday afternoon. by monday and tuesday it is
going to be mostly cloudy and fair. i don't think it is going to be much of a rain threat and the big holiday travel week coming up, nothing big coming down the pike at us the way things look for now. that is excellent news. still, 38 this morning in hagerstown running the jfk memorial 50-mile race up there starting in boonsboro high school. they started it at 7:00 this morning. winners of the race usually take six hours to run the 50 miles but they're up there in washington county today. good luck to all of the runners participating in that. otherwise 30s and 40s. your hometown forecast, frederick, maryland a few fair weather clouds possible this afternoon up across parts of northern maryland but not looking for anything in the way of rainfall. temperatures back into the chilly 30s by 7:30, 8:00 tonight and back down to freezing just before the midnight hour. now a lot of people expecting to and fro travel plans all across the country. i show you some unusual spots for us to show you on the radar. california, a lot of rain, california and oregon today where the biggest system is for now. a little light rain and snow across the dakotas.
nothing big there. flights in and out of florida might be a little slow today because of extra rain showers from jacksonville down toward the palm beach, south florida. no big storms our way. that is welcome news. high pressure is in charge. we're off to a great start and a great start to your weekend. skies remain mostly clear overnight tonight. another pretty good night. here is a picture of one of the leonid meteors early this morning. if you can get a quick peek at the dark sky overnight you might see a few more meteors but clouds on the increase. the northeasterly wind often brings a lot of cloud cover. that starts to arrive tomorrow and builds into monday and tuesday. so today nothing to worry about. mostly sunny and nice. highs up into the low 50s. a little bit cooler than average. not too bad with the sunshine. more clouds tomorrow. especially by tomorrow afternoon. as a result probably just a touch cooler. not much if anything in the way of sunshine but also not much of a rain threat. that is good news for a lot of people to try and get out of town a little early. the big travel day on wednesday nothing to worry about.
turkey day looks good. 60 degrees. some college football for you. iowa is in michigan taking on michigan today in ann arbor, a noon kick off. it'll be not so bad by michigan november standards. temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. ohio state unbeaten and not eligible for a bcs bowl. they're in madison today taking on the badgers of wisconsin. 50 degrees in november in wisconsin? that is practically sun bathing weather for them. just a little class in the joint, harvard and yale up in boston today the 129th meeting between those two, 43 with the sunshine in boston today. >> that is a good rivalry. >> we could use a little class here. >> thanks. legendary football player and coach mike ditka is recovering this morning after suffering a stroke. ditka was playing cards last night when he started to feel ill and had to be taken to the hospital. the 73-year-old told reporters he was feeling good and will be back to work soon. he is a football analyst for
espn and other stations but says he won't be on the air this weekend. he had a heart attack in 1988 while coaching the bears. after a season opening loss to kentucky the terps look to get on a roll to start off the year. >> carol maloney has the highlights in this morning's sports minute. >> good saturday morning everyone. we'll start with college hoops and a nonconference schedule for maryland. you know, a lot of folks called their opponent liu a cupcake. i admit i had to look them up to remember what they were called and what they're about. liu, long island university brooklyn. they've been to the big dance the last two years so not a complete gimme for them. terps didn't make it look easy but they do win big with big-time performances. take you to comcast center speaking of big time. there's the terps men's soccer coach, first half, maryland up four. nick faust the turnover. liu going the other way. freshman charles mitchell, he's following the action. getting it out of here. terps turn the tables right away and ahead to the double clutch.
2 of 15 points. maryland up 9 at the break. second half, terps now 13. alex glen with one of his four blocks. howard, man, he's in transition and he is going to get it right back to him. the two-handed jam. 18 points for the big guy. the blocks were money. so were the shots. dialing long distance all night. that is a freshman seth allen. the lead had been cut to eight points. he drains one of his five threes. allen with a team high 19 points. maryland wins, 91-74 to improve to 2-1 this season. redskins at 3-6 and talking a lot this week about turning the season around. starting this sunday first is the eagles. their quarterback, their newly elected captain, robert griffin iii, vowed to come back from the five weeks better than ever. a lot of pressure. but as someone once said, no
pressure, no diamonds. the second half begins and he's embracing the challenge. >> whenever you get away for a week, i thought i was hungry before the bye week. you come back and you realize just how much more energy you have just having that week off getting away not seeing guys and you just know that everybody is looking at me to be the guy, to make everything work. >> robert is like that every day. i think that's just who he is. you know, when you see guys -- if i were to say a guy seems a lot hungrier, you know, almost seems like it's not a good thing to say because that means he really turned something on and, you know, since the day i met him he's been hungry and i think that's why he's been successful. >> well, down a couple levels we'll talk about high school playoffs football in virginia. westfield hosts chantilly. second quarter bulldogs up 7-0. chantilly goes in from two yards out. the chargers tie the game at seven. bulldogs coming right back.
chris mullen looking downfield for burns and he will get it. a 36-yard catch. sets up a bulldog tv. makes it 13-7 westfield. they weren't done. just three seconds left in the half. richardson plows in from a yard out. westfield survives a serious chantilly rally to advance, 34-27 win. >> it feels great. just promise our seniors we're coming back and actually doing this year and accomplished a goal we all wanted to achieve and we just did it as a team. >> we're moving on and that's what our goal was for tonight. so real proud of the kids. they made it interesting as usual. that's the way it goes. we'll take the win. we're not turning our stuff in tonight. >> advancing to the title game. that's your morning sports. i'm carol maloney. i hope your saturday is a good one. a golden moment captured in the oval office. president obama had a little fun
with women's jim nat mckala maroney striking her world famous smirk. the classic moment was caught as the fierce five including ali raisman and the others visited the white house. they also performed at the verizon center on thursday. the team captured america's hearts this summer at the london olympics when they won the team all around gold for the first time since 1996. a d.c. native and popular comedian now has a unique honor that has people seeing double. >> ladies and gentlemen, one, two, me! >> steven colbert was in washington yesterday for the unveiling of his very own wax figu figure. he rose to fame as host of the colbert report on comedy central. you can see he was quite infatuated with his likeness. >> this is what it's like to be
with me. i would so want to be a guest on my show. >> colbert wasn't just there to spend time with his new wax double. he was also in town to meet with fans and sign copies of his newest book "america again." >> would you lick your own face? >> no. >> that was weird. okay. the time right now is 9:27. next, the comedy stunts that got two prince george's county police officers suspended. and tragedy prevented. the plan police say one man wanted to carry out at a movie theet ther weekend. you're watching news 4 today.
i'm angie goff. >> i'm richard jordan. it is saturday, november 17th, 2012. time for a check on our forecast. >> i know. for that we'll head outside because chuck is checking it out. too many chucks there. >> i'm going to take a picture of you guys now while i'm doing this and then i will tweet that out so you'llknow. what does it look like when i do the weather? what am i looking at? >> great. >> it's nice outside. >> behind the scenes. >> yes. a little behind the scenes action. no doubt about it. nice day outside. tons of sunshine. that's making my hair look even a little grayer on this side. we'll try and get this quickly. a little breeze out here as well. that is the view from our tower camera. high atop the tower here in northwest washington. looking out to the west past roslyn on the left and northern virginia. beautiful day today. a little cool but certainly not bad by november standards. 46 now at national airport. 45 here at the friendly peacock in northwest. 45 also at fredericksburg and solomon's island. 47 at the naval academy. 37 though in charlestown, west
virginia. for today, nothing but sunshine. good-looking day to be outside. temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s. perfect day for college football. howard university the bison having a great year playing delaware state, a 1:00 kickoff on campus. 52 degrees. sunny and cool. a little bit of a north breeze. nothing to worry about. and jmu the dukes are hosting old dominion today. odu having a great season, 9-1 on the year. a 7:00 kickoff in harrisonburg, 41 degrees, clear and chilly. talk more about that, my beloved sooners in morgan town tonight, too. that game coming up. the time is 9:32. checking our top stories police are investigating a deadly double stabbing at a metro station. police found two men stabbed at the woodly park station just after 1:00 this morning. one of the men died. the knife was found on the metro tracks and five people are in custody. >> trouble on the new 495 express lanes already. here is a live look. there have been two accidents on the new lanes this morning.
no word if either was serious. the lanes have been empty all morning long. we'll get a true test monday morning. if you do plan on using them remember you're going to need one of those ez passes. >> two prince george's county police officers are suspended and could be fired after a video surfaced apparently showing them harassing a driver during a traffic stop. the chief says the two officers were off duty but in uniform and at the request of a local comedian pulled over a black man. they were also black but used racial slurs. it was supposed to be a spoof on racial profiling but chief mcgau says there was nothing funny about the video. >> i watched it and was disgufrted. the video is disparaging to this profession and our community. it depicts our officers and community in a terrible light. it's just unacceptable. >> both officers are now on administrative leave. they face a hearing next week.
a former private school teacher from fair tax county is in jail over allegations he sexually abused students more than 40 years ago. 73-year-old christopher coloman was arrested yesterday after a woman told police he sexually abused her when he was her teacher at potomac school mclean in the late 1960s. she says she was just 12 years old at the time and since the woman first made the claim three more women came forward. police are investigating whether there could be more victims. >> 1965 to 1994. we don't have any evidence to show from the 1980s to the present that anything has occurred. not saying it didn't happen. i'm just saying we don't have any evidence of that. >> coloman is being charged under the fairfax 1960s penal code. he was teaching at the washington episcopal school in bethesda when the investigation began about a year ago but has not worked there since. >> crews will set railroad crossing signals in midland, texas today where a train plowed
into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. four men were killed tuesday when the freight train hit a flat bed trailer carrying the veterans and their families. 16 others were hurt. witnesses say the crossing gate at the track came down seconds before impact. the ntsb says the train was traveling under the 70-mile-per-hour speed limit and did apply its emergency brakes before the crash. >> a missouri man is behind bars and police say he was planning a mass shooting similar to the aurora theater attack. officers arrested blake lammers yesterday and charged him with making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action. lammers admitted he was planning to shoot up a movie theater tomorrow during the showing of the new "twilight" movie. investigators say he loaded up on guns and ammo but his mother informed police about the weapons. in north carolina police are on the hunt for a man who literally crashed the premiere of the new "twilight" movie. investigators say the man hit several cars in the parking lot and then crashed his car into one of the theaters about two
hours before the premiere. luckily no one was hurt in the accident. two are dead after a shooting at a conagra food plant in indianapolis. police are calling it a murder-suicide. a witness tells police the victim was shot in the back in a break room while walking to the vending machine. the gunman fired several shots then turned the gun on himself. the shooter was pro-mounsed dead on scene. police are still investigating a motive and no names have been released. this morning a search in the gulf of mexico for two workers missing since a fire broke out on an oil rig. four others are critically hurt with burns over much of their bodies. the fire started when a worker used a torch to cut an oil bond. it was quickly put out. there is a sheen of oil about a half mile long on the gulf surface but the coast guard says it does not appear oil is leaking from the well. caught on camera a young mother crashes her car on to an airport runway during a chase all with her baby in the back seat. video from our sister station kpnx shows the woman's car going
right through a parking gate at sky harbor international before crashing through another gate. check this out. it took her right to an active runway. faa had to stop air traffic and police followed close behind. she eventually surrendered. later she told police she didn't even know her 2-month-old baby was in the car. the child was not hurt. online auction site ebay is under fire as the justice department is investigating the company for a possible collusion. the government says ebay created an agreement with the online tax site intruit saying neither company would try to hire each other's employees. the justice department stays harms workers by driving them of better salaries and jobs. the two companies spoke both to hire specialized engineers and scientists. in the week ahead it is just as much a thanksgiving tradition as stuffing and pumpkin pie. the annual presidential turkey pardon. on wednesday president obama will pardon a turkey coming from harrisonburg, virginia. two birds will leave the farm on
monday and spend two nights in the "w" hotel before the ceremony. two birds are sent in case one falls ill, the tradition dating back to 1989 when george h.w. bush performed the first presidential pardon of the gobbler. >> a professor at the university of virginia has been named the state professor of the year. robert swap was a research professor of environmental science and still is. at ward is handed out around the country by the carnegie foundation. it honors the top under graduate instructors. this year 300 professors were nominated. there were 27 state winners and four national winners. well, next coming up the american chopper hot rod that will draw a crowd in maryland this weekend. >> and a must see report before you go shopping for the kids. some of the hottest toys on the market according to some d.c. area children who got a test run. and how walmart is trying to protect customer service and keep employees working on black friday. [ male announcer ] this commercial is not about getting fios;
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let's talk movies. lots of people will be headed out this weekend before the thanksgiving weekend all of this weekend's big releases are getting lots of attention but perhaps none of them as much as this. >> my time as a human is over but i never felt more alive. >> it is "twilight." the final movie of the epic series hits theaters this weekend. "breaking dawn" part two had people buying tickets and lining up long before the first showing early yesterday morning. get ready for an epic showdown. "breaking dawn 2" is rated pg-13. >> also kyra nightly stars and plays the wife of a high ranking leader in imperial russia but
when she begins an affair with a handsome cavalry officer the social scene erupts. the adaptation of the classic tolstoy novel is rated r. and a movie getting early oscar buzz. bradley cooper stars in playbook. he plays a man just released from a mental hospital after finding his wife cheating, living with his parents when he meets jennifer lawrence who is on a few meds of her own. together they fight through their neurosis to find happiness. "silver lining's playbook" is rated r. >> this weekend you can see beautiful antique cars and custom motorcycles all while helping out a great charity in maryland. news 4's melissa mele has more about bike night three. >> reporter: we're outside the station right now. you might be wondering why i am donning this leather jacket and standing in front of a very, very expensive beautiful custom flag. here to explain we have eric. come on in, eric. and laurie. this has to do with a big event happening up in frederick north
of here of course on sunday to benefit an organization that helps a lot of people here in the area. just explain what the fund is. our viewers have heard of this. >> this is a charity that is based out of maryland and the woman who started it deb williams actually did it, her best friend passed away from cancer and she was helping out raising money and things were going toward that end for patty. she decided that this was a calling for her and just has taken off in an amazing way. this particular fundraiser we're doing is benefiting two families that are local in maryland. we have a young man recently diagnosed with leukemia and his family of course is, the mother had to stop working and take care of her son who is currently at john hopkins receiving treatment. and then the other family there is a woman who had a heart attack at 34 years old and has been waiting now for a little over six years for a heart transplant. >> an amazing organization. you're here eric to talk more
about what is happening on sunday in frederick. it is going to be a bike night here. you're going to be there offering your services for free. >> this is a family fun event, the third and final one for the winter because it is getting a little cold to ride the bikes. we'll have everybody coming out from all over frederick county, mcgovern county, pg county to see this fine bike and get it out there and let everybody get their pictures taken with it, all for cancer, 100% of the proceeds going back into the ppf fund to help local victims. >> very good. please come out if you can. again, the bike design very, very cool. back to you guys. >> let you take a ride on it. that looks like a ton of fun. >> and great weather for getting outside. >> well, if you've got an old convertible or motorcycle you can tough it out. a little bit of sunshine. chilly starts these couple
welcome back everybody. it is now 9:48 on our saturday morning. sun is up already. only ten hours of daylight today and starting tomorrow less than ten hours of daylight. all the way through the rest of the year. for now take a check. nothing but sunshine out there for you. temperatures are responding quite nicely to the extra sun we're getting out there this morning. already up into the mid 40s in many spots. 46 degrees at national airport. a little bit of a breeze having just been on the front lawn of channel 4. i can tell you the northeasterly breeze at 9 miles per hour is correct. a little bit of a breeze and a little cooler if you're in the breeze but as long as you stay in the sunshine going to be a pleasant day outside today. 46 now in gaithersburg. 42 in la plata, maryland.
47 in fredericksburg. your hometown forecast, fairfax, this one is for you. temperatures into the low 50s by early this afternoon. a little cooler than it will be into southern maryland. then by 7:30 tonight time to go out to the movies. 43 degrees under a mostly clear sky. back into the chilly 30s by bed time about 11:30. most unsettled weather around the whole country is on the west coast today. heavy rain from washington state all the way down through parts of southern california today. a little bit of light rain in the dakotas but you can see here no big storm systems anywhere in the middle of the country. this area of low pressure here off the florida coast line may help to bring us a couple more clouds as we get into the middle part of the week. by and large a relatively quiet weather pattern. no big winter storms coming and that is welcome news for all of the travel plans this upcoming week. high pressure is in charge of our weather for today and it is going to stay that way. but unfortunately or fortunately depending how you like cloud cover as that moves up to the northeast that northeasterly wind eventually brings that marine layer in and we end up
with more and more clouds. i still think tomorrow will be a very pleasant day to be outside. as we get into monday, tuesday time frame skies will in fact be mostly cloudy. it doesn't look like enough lift in the atmosphere to generate much if anything in the way of a rain chance. we'll keep you posted. for today though nothing to worry about. sunshine and pleasant. temperatures in the low to mid 50s. the all important seven-day forecast about 54 today. 53 tomorrow with a couple more clouds around. monday and tuesday appear to be a fairly cloudy affair but not much in the way of rain so that is welcome news for everybody who is going to be up and down the i-95 corridor. thanksgiving 60 degrees with sunshine on thanksgiving. redoing the navy forecast michael strahan did not go to texas stadium but texas southern. i wanted to make the full correction there. good weather in annapolis. on the west coast the games out west today stanford and oregon, rain and wind and 47 degrees. a sloppy mess of a game up in oregon. even raining in the rose bowl today. southern cal and ucla rain
likely. 65 degrees. missouri, south carolina, and west virginia coming up. it's a local game this time around. we can do it more than once. >> all right. thanks, chuck. >> fair enough. just in time for black friday, shopping madness. a battle brewing between walmart and its employees. walmart has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the united food and commercial workers international union. for the last six months workers have protested outside walmart stores across the country but employees at some stores say they'll strike on black friday the busiest shopping day of the year. walmart says it's trying to keep the union from hurting customer service. just in time for holiday shopping children across the d.c. area are weighing in on the hottest toys on the market. the results of their toy tests are in the pages of this week's kids post. here's eun yang with the preview. good morning. this is one of our favorite editions of kids post on tv. it is the annual holiday toy test. joining us once again is tracy
graham of washington post kids post. nice to see you. >> great to be with you. >> all the hot new toys. first a furbee making a comeback. >> our very verbal guest here. and furbee is back, hugely hot. the kids just loved furbee, the interaction with furbee, they loved teaching him to speak english. and again, our toy test, we put the toys out to the kids so the results that are in sunday's paper, you know, reflect what kids really, really like. they play with him and they love furbee and furbee will keep chatting. >> of course. this is like the hunger games phenomenon right here. >> absolutely. >> this is a result of the hunger games phenomenon. we actually have two that are really popular this year. i want to say, kids pointed out, they're soft. but they loved that they can
really fire a long way. >> wow. >> this is a good outdoor toy. it's only $19.99. kids really had fun with it and for parent safety issues it really is soft. >> okay. that's good. next, this cake top maker. this is interesting. no more easy bake oven. >> these cake pops are very popular. kids love to make them. there is no heat required. you just put the dough in the 'fridge to settle and you can decorate them. our kids thought they were -- it waa great family activity. you can see if you're brave enough to try one. >> okay. >> all right. it's edible. >> it's edible. it is what it is. >> right. >> but a nice family activity. we have a whole section of arts and crafts, suggested games. >> my daughter likes to cook with me in the kitchen. >> that was one of the things
the kids said. great family activity. >> this is really fun. i think my boys would love this. the micro chargers jump track. teenie, teenie, tiny cars. very hot this year. >> okay. >> they charge up in these really cute little self-contained devices. >> yes. >> and then you can race them. one, two, three, go. >> oh, man! >> oh, you wiped mine out. my kids would love this. it is really fun. and it's nice if you don't have a lot of space. >> yeah. >> you. very nice. >> terrific. >> now more creative this is the laser pegs. what is this? >> for kids who love lego and building toys this is a new innovation. they are translucent but they also light up. this is a bott but the bott can turn into five or six different
things and something parents will really love these hook up with lego so you can incorporate them into existing sets. very nice. >> i don't want to let you go. i know you love this one. >> this is terrific. app based games and toys are really popular. you download an app called fishing into this fishing rod and then you can actually go fishing and play the game on an iphone and android and ipod touch. it's a real trend this year in extending the app based experience. >> i'll take one of each. >> these toys and a lot more in sunday's kids post. >> terrific. visit nbc washington.com or "the washington post".com and click on kids post. that is kids post on tv this week. ism' eun yang. >> say it ain't so. it appears to be the end of an era for hostess and all of its famous treats. the company announced yesterday it plans to liquidate and layoff
all 18,000 of its employees after a labor dispute. the company had been in trouble for a while. it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in january. the ceo says there is no one waiting in the wings. although the co-owner of pabst brewing company has displayed interest in continuing the brand. news of favorites like twinkies, ho hos, ding dongs, snowballs and dozens of others going away got a lot of reaction from people in our area. >> i thought i'd stock up on it. it's one of those nostalgic things. they've been around for a good while so you buy them. >> you don't eat them. the company goes out of business, i'll keep it. >> well, stores all across the country have been running low on hostess products. people have pushed some of these very coveted treats on ebay. surprise. we saw one box of twinkies currently up to almost $500 in
bids. that guy is smart. >> wow. >> he doesn't eat it but he can make a lot of money. coming up the big secret an american university student kept from her boyfriend until they got engaged. >> see how it impacted the tone of their wedding set for this weekend. >> just how much it could cost you to enter the 495 express lanes illegally. we're coming right back.
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good morning. i'm richard jordan. >> i'm angie goff. welcome to news 4 today. it is saturday, november 17th, 2012. we have a wonderful weekend weatherwise to look forward to. >> let's get the forecast now from meteorologist chuck bell. good morning, chuck. >> good morning. beautiful weather outside today. a nice breeze out of the north to northeast today. keep things on the chilly side in the shade but as long as you're in the sunshine it is a pleasant afternoon to be outside coming your way. here is the view from our sky
watcher camera over my shoulder. nice and blue skies. current temperatures now climbing into the middle and upper 40s in many spots. a little bit cooler across parts of prince william county. 41 though in winchester, martinsburg your saturday looks like a good one. highs today into the low and mid 50s. no complaints. virginia tech is on the road in boston today taking onhe bc eagles. it is a 12:30 kickoff. sunny and cool. 44 degrees there and the terpins at home taking on the seminoles of florida state. nice and sunny. a noon kickoff i college park. go terps! a whole new way to get around today in northern virginia. we have a live look of the 495 express lanes now open. this is the entrance in springfield. there had been two accidents already but other than that we haven't seen too much traffic. they'll get the first true test come monday. >> with today's opening v dot is hoping you can go from sitting in backups to breezing right by them. before you hop on the lanes we want to make sure you know
exactly how they work. two lanes stretch for 14 miles in both the inner loops and outer loops in northern virginia between dulles toll road and springfield. the promise is that you'll be able to go at least 45 miles per hour even at rush hour. now to keep all of this traffic moving, the toll cost is going to rise and fall based on just how much congestion there is. you're going to be able to see the current price posted on electronic signs and it could cost as much as a dollar but the good thing is you'll be charged whatever rate is posted when you enter the lanes. now you're going to need one of these, an ez pass to ride the all electronic lanes. you can use the one you already own or of course you can get the ez pass flex, the flex allows you to avoid the toll by car pooling with three or more peop people. just flip a switch at the bottom of the device that says hov on before you enter the lanes but keep in mind that state troopers will be watching to make sure
enough people are in the car. >> a lot of rules come with the new lanes and if you break them it is going to cost you. police will be checking to make sure you have at least three people in your car if you claim to be car pooling. your ez pass flex will alert them that you entered the lanes and then they will do a visual check. get caught without three people and you face a fine between 50 and a thousand dollars. forget weaving through the protective posts to avoid the toll. that can carry a fine of $2500 and a reckless driving charge. 18 wheelers will not be allowed to use the lanes. >> the new toll roads aren't the only thing that could put a dent in your wallet. state senator john watkins is proposing a 14-cent increase on the gas tax. that would bring the total to more than 31 cents a gallon. watkins says the increase would help pay for $730 million worth of road construction projects, eliminating the need for more toll roads. the proposed tax hike will be introduced in january. be sure to add some time to your trip this weekend if you plan on taking metro, three lines will be affected as crews
install fiber optic kancables t make repairs at the rails. on the red line single tracking, and on the blue line single tracking between stadium armory and addison road. there will also be single tracking between pentagon city and reagan national airport on the blue and yellow lines. that single tracking is only for today. some parents in rapidly growing loudoun county are unhappy about a potential shuffle of where their kids go to school. the school board is proposing to redraw the lines between the county's seven elementary schools so attendance can be more bans lanced. the final plan could send 1200 students in the areas to different schools next fall which has parents trying to leave things the way they are. >> i can't tell you how many numbers of girl scout leaders tied to that school. we've invested a lot in the schools. >> more the principle of the back and forth, back and forth. >> parents can sound off at a public hearing coming up on
monday, december 3rd. the school board will decide on the final boundary plan on december 11th. today three astronauts are preparing to return home after spending the last four months in space. the astronauts will perform a change of command ceremony onboard the international space station. three other crew members who arrived in october are going to take over. then tomorrow the crew will clb aboard their capsule expected to land in kazakhstan tomorrow night. the three astronauts spent 127 days in space. a plan to build a memorial honoring president dwight eisenhower is delayed until at least next year. the national memorial honoring our 34th president would be at 6th street and independence avenue southwest right by the department of education. now the delay is due to eisenhower's family. they continue to object to the proposed design calling it too extravagant. the plan includes statues of the president framed by large metal
tapestries depicting his boyhood home in kansas. there is another royal wedding this weekend and this time the bride and groom both have strong ties to the d.c. area. ugandan princess ruth komental kept her royal status quiet as she attended american university and she didn't even tell her boyfriend christopher thomas of silver spring. once the two got engaged, she told him about her royal standing. the two will tie the knot today in the east african nation. they say they plan to split their time between uganda and the u.s. >> hum. >> like that. you know, there is a movie "coming to america". >> yes. >> where he does kind of the same thing. maybe she was sowing her royal oats. that's what he was doing. >> perhaps. but with honesty being the biggest thing in say a marriage, hum. don't know if they got off to the right start. >> you can overlook the honesty thing when you're royalty. >> okay. th time right now 10:07. coming up, where some people are already in line for black friday deals.
>> and the bargains that may not be the best deal on black friday. the experts share what you may want to hold off on. >> and turkeys, sweet potatoes, rolls, and don't forget the pie. find out just how much a typical thanksgiving dinner will cost you at the grocery store. >> you can also join us online this morning on facebook and twitter. just search news 4 today. we are coming back in a moment. alright let's break it down.
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tomorrow morning hundreds will gather near the national mall for a 5-k run. they're raising money for a condition that forces a million people to spend their lives enduring brain surgeries. news 4's seth lemon joins us with more on this condition. >> good morning. it's call ae's water on the bra there is no cure. the medical device used to treat it has one of the highest
failure rates. the one girl you are about to meet fearlessly is facing the challenge. 12-year-old gabby and her mom amanda look like any other family. >> you ready? >> she is playful and smiling but hidden behind the smile inside gabby's body is 8 feet of tubing working to keep her alive. >> there is one back here and one right here. >> gabby has hydrocephalas a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. the tubing or shunt inside gabby reroutes the fluid into her stomach. >> you feel like your whole world ends for a second. >> reporter: amanda remembers being told her daughter had a brain hemorrhage after she was born three months prematurely. >> then you see her life pass in front of you because you realize that everything you thought for your child and even for yourself has changed. >> gabby is now a sixth grader at the diener school in potomac, maryland. she is on grade level. >> we like to push the limits. >> the school's founder started the school because of her son
with special needs. she says the school's unique approach takes on a child's academic and developmental needs. >> gabby has been able to reach goals and overcome things we never thought or weren't sure she'd be able to. >> the motion from jumping on a trampoline or even using one of these fitness balls helps create input in the students. that organizes the students' thoughts and gets them ready to learn. >> we are literally putting the life of our child into somebody else's hands all the time. it's terrifying. >> gabby could go into shunt failure at any time. with no warning. the association is fighting for more funding and research and gabby's mom took a job there to help. >> she was like, do you want a shunt for the rest of your life? i'm like no way. no, no, no. >> hoe wow. a great little girl.
she's had 15 surgeries and is only 12 years old. >> and a great spirit and attitude. >> the race is tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. at west potomac park which is right beside the national mall and if you want to sign up or even just donate you can visit run for hydro.com. >> that is wonderful. it is so great to see her mom has really made it her mission to help others as well. >> right. >> good job. >> all right. thank you very much. and let's talk about the weather. >> yes. >> we have no complaints this weekend. it's two weekends in a row. >> i know. >> they'll have great weather for the run tomorrow too. >> i think they will. no complaints at all. no threat for rain so that is very important for runners going out tomorrow morning. and for anything you want to do on your saturday the weather is looking awfully nice too. but there are clouds in the forecast. we'll detail that coming up.
flipped a switch yesterday now playing nonstop holiday music. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kieran helped to make the switch. you can now hear jingle bells, deck the halls, all your favorites from now all the way up until christmas eve. >> hum. >> set your car dilt. tom looked like he had a good time. the big easy button right there. now it is officially the holiday season. >> a professional button pusher. >> as are you. >> he's been practicing for years. good weather for all the holiday music and a little sunshine but cool so that's all right. we can't complain too much about that. as we look down into the week that includes thanksgiving, looks like relatively quiet weather and turkey day itself is looking like a very pleasant day indeed. sunshine i suspect for all the thanksgiving plans in and around the nation's capital. good-looking day outside today. a lot of folks take the whole week, sometimes thanksgiving is better if you can take a whole week to enjoy it. i would agree with that. 48 now at national airport. a clear sky.
look at the blue sky over town right now. winds out of the northeast at ten miles per hour. that is not going to be a problem today. but gradually we all know if you live here long enough you know that the northeasterly wind at this time of the year does have a tendency to bring an awful lot of clouds in off the atlantic. i think that may be starting to occur tomorrow on into the early parts of the upcoming week. for now though absolutely no weather concerns at all from bethesda all the way to brandywine in maryland down toward solomon's island and out across parts of northern and central virginia. 100% sunshine for the rest of the day. only ten hours of daylight today, tomorrow nine hours and 57 minutes as the days continue to shorten. stafford, virginia your hometown forecast, temperatures up into the low 50s by 3:00 this afternoon. 6:30 this evening around dinner time 45 degrees. just a few fair weather clouds out there. by 11:00 tonight back down into the 30s. so a little bit of a bundle up factor for outdoor plans this evening. out west is where the worst of the weather is for sure. rain and snow across the high spots out across the rockies so
a lot of rain if you're traveling in that direction and it will be a wet affair for the next couple days. but no big winter storms anywhere across the country so that is welcome news. a couple showers down here off the florida coast line. for us though high pressure is in charge of our weather so our great start to the weekend will continue. tomorrow a little bit plor in the way of cloud cover than today. but still not too bad. so today sunny and nice. 50 to 55 today. a little bit cooler tomorrow as clouds start to sneak back in. certainly not looking for any big problems. very cloudy weather for monday and tuesday. but then the sun is back and a little warming trend just in time for thanksgiving. thanksgiving day itself sunshine and 60 degrees. missouri at home in columbia, missouri today taking on syracuse who ended louisville's unbeaten season last week. richard watch out for this game tonight. also columbia, south carolina the gamecocks hosting the feared terriers. they're getting ready for the big game against clemson. i suspect that is why they scheduled that one for today. oklahoma, my beloved sooners in morgan town taking on west
virginia, who is trying to right the ship. they've lost four in a row. i know it would make them nothing but happy to right the ship at my personal expense. >> oh, yes. >> all right. >> thanks. coming up, a reason to cut coupons today. how much the average family will spend on thursday's thanksgiving day meal. >> and as you stock up, keep those less fortunate in mind. the group that could help this weekend. that's next. you're watching news 4 today. have a good night. here you go. you, too.
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their goal is 7200 cans in just 72 hours. the group got donations from patients, families, and anyone who works in the hospital. >> it's so important to us in terms of giving back to the community with which, from where our patients come from. so we provide extraordinary care inside the four walls but we're very interested in our patients outside of our four walls as well. >> we're going to be collecting nonperishable food along with cash and check donations monday at the verizon center. this monday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 in the evening you can also make donations on our website nbc washington.com. search food for families. your thanksgiving feast this year will set you back about a wing and a leg. the american farm bureau federation says a full thanksgiving dinner will cost about 50 bucks. now that is an increase from last year of about 25 cents. of course the turkey takes up most of that costing about $22. sweet potatoes are 3.15 for
three pounds and pumpkin pie mix will run you about three bucks as well. if you thought starting black friday shopping on thanksgiving was ridiculous don't talk to these people already lined up outside best buy eager to get bargains on electronics. one guy took the entire week off work to get in line. the campers say the savings are worth the wait and worth missing out on a traditional family thanksgiving. no matter how tempting the deals are it turns out there are some things that shouldn't be bought on black friday. take a look. kiplinger finance says lap tops top the list. the newest models are coming out now but you'll save more if you wait until late summer or early fall. you'll get better camera deals in february around presidents' day. luggage gets marked down in february and march. if you are looking for a new set of wheels, new year's eve is the cheapest for new cars. april is better for used cars. >> you can get me my christmas gift on new year's.
>> big red bow right in front of your house. >> skip the bow. just the car. >> clothing also. if you can hold off on winter clothing and considering how the weather is perhaps you can. they say january is when everything gets on clearance. >> right. it's not in demand. >> yeah. exactly. >> there you have it. >> i'm down with this. >> also wondering about the guy that took a week off to camp out. what kind of job does he have? >> maybe he's spending thanksgiving away from his family. >> that's it for news 4 today. thanks for joining us. >> we'll be back tomorrow morning dark and early 6:00 a.m. until then make it a great saturday everyone. >> bye now.